Last year, Bay Area motorists could glance up at huge billboards complaining, “Bay Bridge: 100% Foreign Steel” — part of a campaign launched by domestic manufacturers and union groups.
The messages were intended to shame Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the state agencies that own and operate the structure, for purchasing steel from China for the bridge’s new self-anchored suspension span.
Bay Bridge officials conceded Wednesday that a lack of quality control led to the installation of at least 30 steel rods in the new eastern span that are now damaged and need to be repaired.
In total, 288 threaded steel rods were encased in concrete atop two towers rising out of the water. The roadway section of the new self-anchored suspension span is bolted to the rods to help stabilize the structure in the event of an earthquake.Of the 100 rods surveyed by Caltrans this month, nearly one-third have been found to be deficient.
Pedestrians planning to cross the Bay Bridge for the opening celebration of the new eastern span during Labor Day weekend can breathe easy: They won’t have to pay any fees to take part in the festivities. Read More
About 25,000 LED lights were turned on tonight as part of an impressive light sculpture on the western span of the Bay Bridge.
"The Bay Lights," an $8 million privately funded project created by artist Leo Villareal, will wow visitors near the bridge for at least the next two years, the artist and other dignitaries said before the 9 p.m. lighting ceremony. Read More
Folks walking along The Embarcadero will notice something a little different on the Bay Bridge starting Tuesday. Read More
The party is set for the long-awaited opening of the rebuilt Bay Bridge, but you might have to pay to cross the new eastern span.
As way to celebrate completion of the $6 billion project, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which manages the span, had recommended spending $5.6 million in toll funds to allow at least 150,000 people to walk over the bridge for free during the Labor Day weekend. The money would pay for transportation, security and sanitary details. Read More
A construction crane working on the new Bay Bridge span tipped over aboard a barge Thursday afternoon, scraping off some paint but apparently not damaging the bridge or injuring any workers.
Workers were using the barge-mounted crane in tandem with another one to remove temporary supports from the self-anchored suspension portion of the new eastern span when a 129-ton piece of metal it was removing fell, according to Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin. Read More
On Thursday morning, with dense fog blocking the view of Oakland from the San Francisco waterfront, maritime officials instituted new guidelines for large ships sailing under the Bay Bridge at times of reduced visibility. Read More
A maritime safety group could adopt new guidelines Thursday that would limit ships from sailing under the Bay Bridge in foggy conditions, among other safety precautions.
The move comes after the 752-foot tanker Overseas Reymar stuck the Bay Bridge on Jan. 7 as it was leaving an anchorage south of the span. The incident was the second time a large ship had struck a tower on the bridge; the Cosco Busan hit it in 2007, dumping more than 50,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay. Read More
Two years after its 75th anniversary, the Bay Bridge is about to experience a birthday celebration of unprecedented proportions, called The Bay Lights.
The massive light-as-art installation is by Leo Villareal, known as the “Maestro of Light.” He was approached by Ben Davis, founder of the San Francisco creative-marketing agency Words Pictures Ideas, to create the piece. Read More